Wajir Airport is an international airport in Wajir County, Kenya. Wajir Airport is located about 5km East of Wajir town. The Airport opens daily operations at 0630 hours and closes at 1830 hours is open to all types of aircraft i.e propeller & jet engine
By air, Wajir Airport is situated approximately 495 kilometres (308 mi) northeast of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya’s largest civilian airport. Situated 231 metres (758 ft) above sea level, the airport has a single asphalt runway measuring 2,795 metres (9,170 ft) in length. The geographical coordinates of this airport are: 1° 43′ 48.00″N, 40° 5′ 24.00″E (latitude:1.73000; longitude:40.09000).
The Wajir Airport was built by an Israeli construction Company HZ between 1977 and 1978, as a military airbase for the Kenya Air Force.
In November 2006, the Kenyan government decided to suspend direct scheduled flights to and from Somalia owing to security concerns vis-a-vis the then existing Islamic Courts Union. Following pressure by politically influential Somali traders to resume the cargo flights, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) lifted its suspension a few months later in August 2007. It also indicated that all flights should thereafter stop at the Wajir Airport for customs, immigration and security screening before continuing onto their final destination. The Kenyan authorities subsequently outsourced the construction of a new terminal in the airport and assigned KCAA, customs, immigration and security officials to operate in the facility. On 7 September 2007 the Wajir Airport was commissioned to officially accommodate both passenger and military flights.
In 2012, US Navy Seabees built a new tarmac runway that can take heavy aircraft.
Facilities and staff
The airport has about 100 workers, mainly consisting of police officers. There are two military camps situated within the airport’s limits. An army camp is located on the western side of the terminal building, with an air force compound approximately 0.5 kilometres (500 m), south of the perimeter fence. Security personnel guard the airport’s only entrance to assure security.
Airlines and destinations
Wajir Airport handles about seven flights per day. As of September 2012, civil flights are offered twice a week by Echo. Most flights, however, are cargo. Some charter and military flights are additionally accommodated. As of August 2021, flights from Somalia have had to make a stop-over at Wajir Airport.
Airport Contacts (Phone Numbers)